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The Health Benefits of Pineapple
The pineapple is indigenous to the South American countries Brazil and Paraguay. Pineapple was well distributed throughout Latin America by the indigenous population before Columbus found it and took it back to Spain.
Attempts to cultivate pineapple in Europe failed due to the fruit’s need for a tropical climate in order to grow. Portuguese and Spanish explorers carried pineapples aboard their ships as protection against scurvy, and soon introduced them into Africa and Asia where they flourished.
|Nutritional value per
100 g (3.5 oz)
|Energy||202 kJ (48 kcal)|
|* Carbohydrates||12.63 g|
|Dietary fiber||1.4 g|
|* Fat||0.12 g|
|* Protein||0.54 g|
|Thiamine (Vit. B1)||0.079 mg|
|Riboflavin (Vit. B2)||0.031 mg|
|Niacin (Vit. B3)||0.489 mg|
|Pantothenic acid (B5)||0.205 mg|
|* Vitamin B6||0.110 mg|
|* Folate (Vit. B9)||15 ?g|
|* Vitamin C||36.2 mg|
|* Calcium||13 mg|
|* Iron||0.28 mg|
|* Magnesium||12 mg|
A comprehensive breakdown of nutrients can be found in the Nutrition Database where this food can also be added to a meal planner.
In a clinical trial involving patients with periarthritis of the shoulder, and also patients suffering from painful osteoarthritis of the knee, pain reduction with the treatment of proteolytic enzymes such as bromelain was comparable to those treated with NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
Bromelain, which breaks down proteins, may cause irritant dermatitis. Pineapples may also cause allergic dermatitis. (Irritant dermatitis may occur in anyone who touches a pineapple; allergic dermatitis occurs only in an individual who is sensitive to a particular substance).
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